We are developing a list of websites interested in poverty and social exclusion which regularly publish new research or comment on policy. It covers organisations, academic institutions, research centres, and academic and social policy journalists’ blogs.

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Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS)

AMCIS studies inequalities in (post-) industrialized societies and particularly focuses on the impact of stratifying variables (social origin, education, gender and ethnicity) on three outcome pillars: socioeconomic attainment, political behaviour and opinions, and living arrangements.

British Politics and Policy at LSE (BPP)

BPP aims to: increase the public understanding of the social sciences in the context of the UK government, facilitate the sharing and exchange of knowledge between experts within and outside universities and to open up academic research to increase its impact.


The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations to strengthen American democracy.

Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), LSE

CASE is a multi-disciplinary research centre based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), within the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD). Their focus is on exploration of different dimensions of social disadvantage, particularly from longitudinal and neighbourhood perspectives, and examination of the impact of public policy.

Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ)

CSSGJ is based in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. CSSGJ offers a space for reflection, education and research in many different facets of social and global justice. Its research is marked by the variety of approaches and methods, both traditional and contemporary, and by a willingness to see the issue of justice as one involving both theory and practice – of how justice has been thought about and also how it is implemented.   

Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

The Centre for Social Justice and Community Action (CSJCA) is a research centre at Durham University, made up of academic researchers from a number of departments and disciplines and community partners. Their aim is to promote and develop research, teaching, public/community engagement and staff development (both within and outside the university) around the broad theme of social justice in local and international settings, with a specific focus on participatory action research.

Children’s Society

A children’s charity who helping children of all faiths and none, including children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers or those within the youth justice system.

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI)

CFNI promotes community development and supports a context for peace and social justice whilst aiming to reduce poverty and exclusion. Their Communities in Action programme is currently tracking the impact on individuals and families at the sharp end of government policy responses to the economic crisis. This programme is currently working in collaboration with the PSE:UK team.

Consider the Evidence

This is the website and blogroll of Lane Kenworthy, Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of Arizona. Research areas include living standards, poverty, inequality, mobility, employment, economic growth, social policy, taxes, and politics in the United States and other affluent countries.


Child Poverty Action is a national charity working to end poverty among children, young people and families in the UK. Its work benefits a large number of families across the UK. is a blog aggregator for Economics research hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. It aims to enhance the discussion of economics research in the blogosphere by making it easier for the curious reader to find high-quality content.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The ESRC are the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. They support independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society. Their total budget for 2017-18 was around £202 million. At any one time ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.

Inequality, Social Science and History Research Network

The network aims to bring together historians and social scientists interested in (a) debating how the historical and social sciences can share ideas and develop new methodologies to approach the question of inequality (b) developing and sharing groundbreaking work on inequality in historical perspective across disciplinary boundaries, and beyond academia.


Inequalities is a collaborative blog set up by a group of young researchers – sociologists, political scientists, geographers, demographers, social policy scholars, economists – from universities on both sides of the Atlantic who wanted to create a space to critically discuss research on inequality.

Institute of Fiscal Studies (UK)

The goal at the Institute for Fiscal Studies is to promote effective economic and social policies by understanding better their impact on individuals, families, businesses and the government's finances. Findings are based on rigorous analysis, detailed empirical evidence and in-depth institutional knowledge.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Provide funding for research and practical strategies to reduce poverty, and wider social and economic inequalities. JRF's sixth study of poverty and social exclusion in Scotland highlights a huge rise in unemployment for under-25s, and stark and growing health inequalities.


PSE’s working partner, NatCen is a leading centre for independent social research, covering all areas of social policy

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency

PSE’s working partner, the NISRA is the principal source of official statistics and social research on Northern Ireland´s population and socio-economic conditions.

Off the Charts (Center for Budget Policy Priorities)

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy organization working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

Policy Press Blog

The Policy Press publishes work across a range of policy issues, across a range of disciplines and across a range of products from detailed evaluations to broader topical explorations. Its publications have a broader aim: the use of research evidence to improve policy making, practice, or social well-being.

Poverty Alliance

The leading Scottish anti-poverty network and campaigning organisation. It aims to combat poverty by empowering individuals and communities with experience of poverty to affect change in the distribution of power and resources.

Understanding Society

This site addresses a series of topics in the philosophy of social science. What is involved in "understanding society"? The blog is an experiment in thinking, one idea at a time. Look at it as a web-based, dynamic monograph on the philosophy of social science and some foundational issues about the nature of the social world.

Rethinking poverty is a hub for discussions on 'eradicating poverty and creating a good society'. It is part of the Webb Legacy.

Russell Sage Foundation

This Foundation was established by Mrs. Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for "the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States." It dedicates itself exclusively to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies.

Society Central

Society Central is a social policy news website aiming to forge better connections between academic researchers and those involved in the policy-making process.

Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality

The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI), is a nonpartisan research center dedicated to monitoring trends in poverty and inequality, explaining what's driving those trends, and developing science-based policy on poverty and inequality. CPI supports research by new and established scholars, trains the next generation of scholars and policy analysts, and disseminates the very best research on poverty and inequality.

The Equality Trust

The Equality Trust works to reduce income inequality in order to improve the quality of life for everyone in the UK. The Trust works with others to build a social movement for change. They analyse and disseminate the latest research, promote robust evidence-based arguments and support a dynamic network of campaign groups across the country.

The North East Child Poverty Commission

This is a stakeholder group who believes that all children in the North East of England should have an equal chance in life. The Commission, which includes senior representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors, aim to be an effective lobbying, influencing and campaigning group that can help to build public support for actions that improve the lives of poor children living in the North East.

The Resolution Foundation

An independent research and policy organisation, committed to improving outcomes for people on low and modest incomes – in particular the 11 million adults in low to middle income households (LMIs).

The Institute of Art and Ideas ( IAI )

IAI brings together world-leading theorists, scientists, politicians, and writers, and is committed to fostering a progressive and vibrant intellectual culture in the UK. IAI TV is an online channel where cutting-edge philosophical debates are available for everyone to watch and share.

The Smith Institute

The Smith Institute is an independent ‘think tank’ which promotes progressive policies for a fairer society. They provide a high-level forum for new thinking and debate on public policy and politics.

Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research

The Centre was launched on 1st July 1999 at the University of Bristol. It is dedicated to multidisciplinary research on poverty in both the industrialised and developing world. Among its aims are: the production of practical policies and solutions for the alleviation and eventual ending of world poverty; analysis of the costs and consequences of poverty for individuals, families, communities and societies, and the wide dissemination of the policy implications of research into poverty.

Web Memorial Trust

The Trust focuses resources on structured programmes  around issues of poverty and inequality in the UK and provide downloadable free publications on poverty.

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